Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people (over five million in the entire province).This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a wealthy history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence.This beautiful city is full of what European cities are noted for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with a comprehensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core centre of town, focused round the Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) provides days of enjoyment for those looking to have the life span of Barcelona while the beaches the town was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather. It has a classic “Mediterranean climate” with mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. While there are four distinct seasons to the year, they are generally not very of equal length if measured by conditions rather than equinoxes.
Most visitors to Barcelona know its urban beaches, but away from capital is where you’ll really experience all of the Catalan coast must offer. Overflowing with charming seaside towns and spectacular Blue Flag beaches, this stretch of the Mediterranean runs for many 360 miles, from the French border down seriously to the Ebro Delta in the south. Fortunately, a lot of the coast is easily accessible by train from the town, this means you may be sunning on the golden sand beaches of the Costa Dorada or the Maresme in under an hour.Playa de Ocata is just 10 miles northeast of Barcelona, Ocata is worlds far from the city’s perpetually crowded urban beaches. While a lot of the Maresme shoreline could be narrow, this wonderfully broad, 1.5-mile-long swath of sand ensures you are able to always find a spot for the towel—and maintain a wholesome distance from fellow sun-worshippers.